Members of the Selborne Society trim branches and clear paths ahead of the annual open day at Perivale Wood, when the general public is allowed in to view the bluebells. Regarded with great affection by local residents, it is often referred to as “the bluebell wood” and is the second oldest nature reserve in the UK. The society is developing ways of using it to educate the next generation about the environment.
Part of the magic of this place is that is surrounded by houses and industrial units but once inside the gate you can forget that quite easily. However the sound of birds and oak leaves rustling in the wind may have to compete with that of high speed trains passing by every few minutes if HS2 goes ahead, as the route would be very close by. Perivale Wood is very special and so are the people who care for it. Thank you to Andy, Nic, Ian, Peter, and David for letting me wander about today.
This year’s open day is on 29th April. More information about the Selborne Society, including membership, can be found here.
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